Michael Rigot Named New Chef of Toledo’s Brim House and The Heights

The Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel proudly announces the appointment of Chef Michael Rigot. A Nashville native, Rigot serves as the executive chef for the property’s marquee dining outlets, Brim House and The Heights. Rigot joins the hotel property following stints at Cypress Lodge and Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen, where he served as Executive Chef. Under his helm, Rigot’s new menus incorporate produce of Northwest Ohio, combined with the flavors of American Southern cuisine.

“Food and family have always held a special place in my heart,” says Rigot. “At Brim House and The Heights, we aim to invoke a sense of home, where guests can relax and enjoy their meal. Our team is excited to welcome everyone with our version of Midwestern hospitality.”

Rigot plans to champion his commitment to seasonality and responsible sourcing by hosting a series of Chef’s Table Dinners at Brim House. “Our goal is to cultivate strong relationships with sustainable purveyors to provide our guests with a connection to the land and an honest representation of local flavors and ingredients,” says Rigot.

Each dinner features a themed eight-course tasting menu celebrating local produce, specific regional cooking techniques, and unique local beers and spirits. Upcoming Chef’s Table Dinners include:

  • Thursday, March 12: Ides of March
  • Thursday, April 9: Ohio Beer Dinner
  • Thursday, May 14: Regional Barbecue, North x South
    Tickets are priced at $108, inclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations to the Chef’s Table Dinners, please visit www.toledocitytix.com.

For reservations to Brim House, please visit www.brimhousetoledo.com or call 419.243.7664. For more information on The Heights or to make a reservation, please visit www.theheightstoledo.com or call 419.243.7565.

About Brim House
Offering a relaxed yet refined dining experience is Brim House, ensconced in the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel on the Maumee River. The venue boasts an imaginative New American cuisine from Executive Chef Michael Rigot, whose cooking incorporates produce from Northwest Ohio, combined with the flavors of American Southern cuisine. The cocktail program at Brim House employs the same principals of house-made preparation and seasonality as the restaurant’s acclaimed kitchen. Complemented by the resources of a cosmopolitan hotel, Brim House can accommodate any kind of occasion, from an intimate group to larger receptions or dinners. Open daily, 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday Brim House offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner service (served until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday) as well as bar service starting at 11 a.m. daily.

About The Heights
Located just above the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, along the Maumee River, The Heights carries a trendy and lively presence as the city’s only rooftop lounge, displaying stunning 360-degree views of the Toledo skyline. The venue boasts imaginative New American cuisine from Nashville native and Executive Chef Michael Rigot, whose cooking incorporates southern influences while reflecting his passion for products from local purveyors. The Heights, a popular nightspot, is a favorite among downtown professionals, local movers-and-shakers, and in-the-know travelers, creating a space for the community to gather and enjoy. Complemented by the resources of a cosmopolitan hotel, The Heights can accommodate various kinds of occasions, from an intimate group to larger dinners.

About First Hospitality
First Hospitality is a leading hotel management, acquisition and development company with more than 30 years of award-winning experience. First Hospitality’s unique people-driven professional culture fosters a team of highly skilled and motivated hospitality experts who consistently deliver outstanding property level performance, as well as memorable and engaging guest experiences. Headquartered in Chicago, First Hospitality’s portfolio features 19 brands and 49 properties throughout the Midwest. Recognized as #1 in Travel in Forbes America’s Best Midsize Employers 2016, First Hospitality has been recognized for four consecutive years on Forbes America’s Best Midsize Employer list. For more information, visit, www.firsthospitality.com.